Kieboom (elbow) elected free agency Thursday after declining an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Kieboom was shuffled between the majors and minors last season before being sidelined with elbow inflammation in September, and it isn't entirely surprising to see the 28-year-old elect free agency given the Nationals' depth at catcher. In 52 games at the Double-A level in 2019, Kieboom hit just .196/.271/.256.
Kieboom (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno on Monday.
The 28-year-old was placed on the 60-day minor-league injured list in late September, and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno on Monday. In 52 games with Double-A Harrisburg this season, Kieboom hit just .196/.271/.256 with one home run.
Kieboom was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday with elbow inflammation, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Kieboom was placed on the minor-league injured list in late August and will now be sidelined for the rest of the season. Tres Barrera had his contract selected from Double-A Harrisburg in a corresponding move to provide some additional depth behind the plate for Washington.
The Nationals optioned Kieboom to Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals haven't announced a corresponding transaction, but the team is expected to reinstate reliever Hunter Strickland (personal) from the paternity list to take Kieboom's spot on the active roster. Kieboom went unused during his two-day stint with the big club.
The Nationals officially recalled Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Word surfaced earlier in the day that Kieboom was en route to Washington after a spot on the 25-man roster opened up with Hunter Strickland (personal) landing on the paternity list. Strickland will be activated ahead of Friday's game against the Marlins -- if not sooner -- so Kieboom will likely be in line for an abbreviated stint with the big club.
The Nationals plan to recall Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg ahead of Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Washington will bring Kieboom in as third catcher and extra bench bat with reliever Hunter Strickland (personal) expected to be placed on the paternity list later Tuesday. Strickland will have to be reinstated ahead of Friday's series opener versus the Marlins, so Kieboom may only be in line for a brief stay with the big club before reporting back to Harrisburg.
Kieboom was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday.
Kieboom spent three days on the big-league roster but did not get the chance to make his season debut. He'll make way on the roster for Austin Voth, who starts Tuesday against the Orioles.
Kieboom was called up from Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Kieboom will make his first trip to the majors this year after spending the first half of the season at Double-A. The 28-year-old is in the midst of the worst offensive season of his minor-league career with a .548 OPS in 38 games. Kieboom seems likely to return to Harrisburg once the Nationals require an additional starting pitcher early next week.
Kieboom was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
Kieboom appeared in 52 games for the Nationals last year, hitting .232/.322/.320. He'll remain a depth option for the organization this season.
Kieboom went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
Kieboom opened the scoring with a two-run single in the second inning before adding another RBI single in the fifth. The backup catcher has made the most of his limited opportunities in September, slashing .333/.444/.533 with two homers, seven RBI and a 5:6 K:BB in 12 games.
Kieboom went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
The 27-year-old rookie continues to play sporadically behind Matt Wieters, and this performance boosted his slash line on the season to .233/.299/.267. Kieboom likely isn't ever going to offer much at the plate, but the coaching staff at least seems comfortable with his defense and pitch calling in a backup role.
Kieboom is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
After back-to-back starts behind the plate, Kieboom will head to the bench in favor of Pedro Severino.
Kieboom went 1-for-3 in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.
Saturday marked Kieboom's first major-league at-bat since 2016 and first-ever major-league hit. He was recalled for catching depth ahead of a doubleheader, but there's a decent chance Kieboom latches on as Pedro Severino's backup for the foreseeable future.
The Nationals recalled Kieboom from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Kieboom was designated for assignment in early March and headed to Syracuse after clearing waivers, so the team moved Adam Eaton (ankle) to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster. Kieboom should serve as backup catcher to Pedro Severino for the Nationals, with Matt Wieters hitting the 10-day DL with a hamstring strain.
Kieboom cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals DFA'd the catcher last week following the signing of reliever Joe Blanton. He'll stick around in the organization as a depth option at Triple-A, but it may take a DL stint for either Matt Wieters or Jose Lobaton for Kieboom to reclaim a spot on the 40-man roster.
Kieboom was designated for assignment Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Kieboom was ultimately deemed expendable when the team needed a roster spot cleared to make room for reliever Joe Blanton, who signed a one-year deal with the team Tuesday. The 25-year-old backstop saw just one at-bat for the Nationals in 2016, and with the acquisitions of Matt Wieters and Derek Norris, Kieboom was expected to begin the season in Triple-A anyway.
Kieboom is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
He's currently fourth on the Nationals' depth chart at catcher, but Kieboom has yet to show much promise at the plate since concussions truncated his 2015 campaign, and it would probably take a couple of injuries for him to see any major league playing time before September. If he does show signs of regaining the form that saw him hit .309/.352/.500 at Low-A in 2014, though, he could push his way back into the long term plans for the organization, which doesn't really have an obvious catcher of the future at the moment.
The Nationals called up Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday.
Kieboom has never played a game above the Double-A level, but he was the only catcher on the 40-man roster who was not also on the active roster, so the Nationals decided to call him up to add some catching depth after Wilson Ramos left Monday's game with a knee injury and with Jose Lobaton also dealing with an ankle injury.
Kieboom was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.
He hit .273 with a walk and four strikeouts in 11 at-bats this spring, showing that he is fully recovered concussion symptoms that cut short his 2015 campaign. Considering Kieboom had never played at Double-A, he was not really in the running to make the big league club out of camp, and should spend the bulk of 2016 with Harrisburg.
Kieboom says he's fully recovered from the post-concussion symptoms that cut short his 2015 campaign, the Washington Post reports.
Changes to his diet and workout routine stemming from his recovery also allowed him to report to spring training in better shape and 20 pounds lighter than last season's playing weight. "I think it's gonna help," Kieboom said. "I can tell in my agilities and can tell the difference in my endurance. Little things like that, they go a long way after awhile. Carrying 20 less pounds throughout the season is gonna play a big role when you get to game 90, 100, 110." Despite his abbreviated 2015 season at High-A, Kieboom could be ticketed for Double-A this year, which would put him on the radar for a big league debut if injuries hit the Nationals behind the plate.
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